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  • As Obama escalates war on IS, Congress must give OK

    With the president adding more troops in Iraq against Islamic State, the need for war authorization becomes more necessary. The war's future requires both disciplined thinking and political consensus.

  • FIFA reform lies in its own oasis of integrity

    As the Women's World Cup begins in Canada, FIFA should be reminded that it is men's soccer that carries the weight of recent scandals. By elevating women's soccer, FIFA can raise its standards and restore its reputation.

  • For Mideast's democracy deficit, a Turkish delight

    Voters in Turkey's June 7 parliamentary election set a model for a region in need of democratic ways to reconcile domestic differences over religion, ethnicity, and basic freedoms.

  • Canada's moment to right past wrongs

    A government report accuses Canada of past 'cultural genocide' for the forced assimilation of native people. Like other democracies with a history of abusing indigenous or minority people, Canada can set a model for reconciliation.

  • A 'rape glut' on TV: How viewers can respond

    Recent graphic rape scenes on shows like ‘Game of Thrones’ have stirred viewer outrage. There are ways to change Hollywood's script about rape.

  • In war on IS, solutions may be everywhere

    Iraq issues this moral challenge to countries that fail to stop Muslims from joining Islamic State: You must do more because of your neglect of radicalization at home and of IS recruitment.

  • Paris helps unlock true love

    Like other cities, Paris tries to end a craze by devoted couples to put 'love locks' on bridges and other structures. But the city also suggests other public, collective – even nonmaterial – ways to express the eternal bonds of affection.

  • A court ruling for headscarf liberty

    The Supreme Court’s decision that an employer cannot discriminate against the Muslim practice of wearing a hijab will add to the accommodation of religious practices, especially among minority faiths.

  • How US probe of FIFA bends global norms

    World reaction to the US indictments of world soccer officials shows the prosecution of bribery across borders can challenge global assumptions about corruption.

  • Helping North Koreans ‘live in truth’

    With a renewed focus on human rights in North Korea, the US, Japan, and South Korea can help expose the lies of the Kim regime, adding pressure to end its nuclear program.

  • World soccer’s moment for reform

    US indictments of FIFA officials is a welcome move to clean up the world’s most popular sport. Every dominant sports organization needs better integrity checks against a desire to make money over the need for fair and clean regulation of sport.

  • In Europe and now Asia, a search for ‘common destiny’

    China has adopted the EU’s slogan of ‘common destiny’ for creating a Eurasian economy. Yet the EU’s many new woes call for redefining the core values, or identity, of its union.

  • When fishermen rescue migrants – and nations

    In Southeast Asia, acts of empathy by fishermen in saving refugees adrift at sea help soften the hard stance of Indonesia and Malaysia. They are fishers of both people and goodwill.

  • Nigeria's lesson in battling terrorists

    With an election this past March and a new president taking power, Nigeria illustrates how a democracy stands up for its values against terrorist groups like Boko Haram.

  • Whistle while you work: Wall Street's culture of fingering fraud

    A new federal program of rewarding whistle-blowers in the financial industry is booming. And a survey shows industry insiders favor acting as tipsters against wrongdoing – especially in firms with a culture of integrity.

  • An antidote to IS recruitment of women

    The Islamic State's recruitment of women draws big attention. But less noticed and more important are efforts in Islamic countries to raise the level of women as spiritual guides – able to prevent young women (and men) from joining radical groups.

  • The US and a spiral of cyberfear

    In a newly revealed strategy, the Pentagon poses the threat of a digital counterattack on those who launch a cyberattack on the US. This offensive capability, however, might trigger a cyber arms race. Is the US fear well founded to justify a possible escalation of fear?

  • With end of Syria war in sight, so must be a postwar plan

    The US and other nations have stepped up their military role in Syria as the Assad regime weakens. But they must not repeat the mistake made in Iraq and Afghanistan and hold low expectations for postwar reconstruction. Muslim societies can be democratic.

  • Reimagining Africa as innovator

    In preparing a visit to Africa, President Obama hopes to bring US investment in technology. Yet he may find Africa already on its way to indigenous innovation.

  • Keeping critical mass against nuclear weapons

    Almost every country is at a conference to affirm a central plank of world order, the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Even with modest progress to implement the pact, a moral imperative against nuclear weapons is maintained. 

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